Lenovo has unveiled the respectable Moto G in New Dehli, but it’s not alone. Alongside the Moto G is the Moto G Plus and Moto G Play.
We’re now in the fourth generation of the Moto G, since the first generation we’re used to seeing the Moto G arriving by itself. Now it has a Plus size buddy, the Moto G Plus. The Plus is no reference to its size, in actual fact the Moto G and Moto G Plus are similar in so many ways with subtle yet significant differences.
Both the Moto G and Moto G Plus have a Gorilla Glass 3, 5.5-inch full HD (FHD) display. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 is in both devices and so is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. A notable similarity between the two we really should mention is the 3,000mAh battery. Its not the size that’s worthy of mentioning, the battery in both Moto G devices can be charged for 15 minutes for six hours of battery life (provided you use the included TurboPower charger).
Thankfully Lenovo are carrying on with Motorola’s practice of keeping the user interface as close to stock Android as possible. Both Moto G devices will run Android Marshmallow with some minor Motorola additions.
So with the screen, processor, battery, selfie camera all the same, there are two notable differences.
The Moto G has always impressed us with unexpected decent cameras. The Moto G Plus has a 16-megapixel shooter, while the Moto G has only 13-megapixels. According to Lenovo, respectable image rating site DxOMark has rated the Moto G Plus higher than the iPhone 6s. Currently the DxOMark chart hasn’t been updated yet, so we’re assuming a rating of 83 or above.
Biometrics is another advantage of getting the Moto G Plus, with a front-mounted fingerprint sensor.
The Moto G will be available from early June for the decent price of £169 at Tesco Mobile, Argos and Amazon. The Moto G Plus will be coming later in mid-June, exclusively on Amazon for £199. Prices in other countries has been requested, we will update once we know.
Don’t worry Lenovo hasn’t forgotten about small phone lovers, the 5-inch Moto G4 Play ties things up at the lower-end of the trio.
It comes with a 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, complimented with 2GB of RAM. The battery sees a slight downgrade to 2,800mAh, with 16GB of internal memory. Thankfully it’s expandable via microSD up to 128GB.
The display is only at 720p resolution while the the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus sports a 1080p FHD screen. Camera-wise, colour balancing and pro mode won’t be available on the Play. But you can always download a camera app for pro mode.
Pricing and availability has yet to be revealed, we’ve requested the information and will update this article once we’re told.
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